African Apocalypse and the painful legacy of ‘Heart of Darkness’

African Apocalypse and the painful legacy of ‘Heart of Darkness’ A new documentary gives a voice to the silenced natives in Joseph Conrad’s colonialist novel. Joseph Conrad’s ‘Heart of Darkness’ is perhaps the best known and most widely debated novel about colonialism. The story follows the protagonist Marlow’s journey from London, the great imperial capital, Read More

Tricia Tuttle on what to expect from the 64th BFI London Film Festival

Tricia Tuttle on what to expect from the 64th BFI London Film Festival The Festival Director speak about putting together the most accessible, expansive LFF programme yet. This year has presented an unprecedented challenge to organisers of film festivals around the world, with many major events – from Cannes to Toronto – being either cancelled Read More

Could you design a classic Rebecca film poster?

Daphne du Maurier’s stories have been delighting audiences for the best part of a century, spawning more than a dozen film adaptations and tens of television dramatisations. One more to add to the catalogue: Ben Wheatley’s Rebecca, a sun-dappled psychological thriller based on the author’s famed 1938 novel of the same name. Starring Armie Hammer Read More

The production designer who finds inspiration on the open road

The production designer who finds inspiration on the open road Surviving the perils of solo creativity is tough. In the latest instalment of our series supporting artists through lockdown, Malin Lindholm reveals how she’s continued to feed her wanderlust and her reactive process during the pandemic. This story is part of Creative Resilience, an editorial Read More

On Location: Ringo’s wander in A Hard Day’s Night

Richard Lester was a director who understood the power of 1960s British pop culture. Along with Ken Russell, Lester saw the potential of the burgeoning music scene and took advantage of it, blending influences from comedy, pop-art and surrealism into a unique cinematic style. Though working initially in television, Lester soon moved to features with Read More

Summerland

Gemma Arterton plays a reclusive writer who rediscovers her romantic side in Jessica Swale’s tender wartime drama. This year has already delivered one successful queer period film, Céline Sciamma’s Cannes-winning Portrait of a Lady on Fire, set in 1770 Brittany. Now we have another, from first-time British writer/director Jessica Swale. The significance of this phenomenon Read More

On Location: The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger created some of the most celebrated and lavish British films ever made. Their colourful, magical vision mixed innovative visual stylistics with heartrending, poignant human drama that seem at once deeply British and yet otherworldly. Even when dealing with a topic such as war, they never forgot that cinema was a Read More

The production designer who uses location as inspiration

The production designer who uses location as inspiration Surviving the perils of solo creativity is tough. In the latest instalment of our series supporting artists through lockdown, Bobbie Cousins evokes a world that’s seldom seen. This story is part of Creative Resilience, an editorial series produced in collaboration with Squarespace. “The process can start with Read More

On Location: The door from Alfred Hitchcock’s Frenzy

Even by his own macabre standards, Alfred Hitchcock surpassed himself in his penultimate feature, Frenzy. Marking a sense of homecoming for the director, the film’s dark London setting renders the film as one of his most shocking and unforgiving. There’s a disturbing sense of recognition throughout due in part to Hitchcock’s use of some very Read More

The art director who creates humorous, introspective snapshots of everyday life

The art director who creates humorous, introspective snapshots of everyday life Surviving the perils of flying creatively solo is tough. In the fourth instalment of a new series supporting artists through the new normal, Laurène Boglio observes the world’s subtle shifts. This story is part of Creative Resilience, an editorial series produced in collaboration with Read More

The illustrator who brings light to the darkness and darkness to the light

The illustrator who brings light to the darkness and darkness to the light In the second part of a new series supporting artists through these testing times, Sophie Mo shares how she continues to carve out a creative identity. This story is part of Creative Resilience, an editorial series produced in collaboration with Squarespace. “In Read More